NewsLine - September 2010 - (Page 20)

People & Places DeKalb County Hospice Patients Collaborate on Music CD Jen Conley, MT-BC, LPC, a music therapist with DeKalb County Hospice (DeKalb, IL) has produced a CD of 14 songs, 10 being original works by hospice patients and families. “Stories, poems, spiritual writings and letters were the inspiration behind the lyrics,” said Conley, “and patients then selected the melodies to accompany the lyrics.” Conley noted that many benefits have come from producing the collection of songs. “Foremost, we are providing patients, and in the longer term, families and loved ones, with a tribute and legacy gift created or inspired by their loved one,” she said. “Patients and families are amazed at how these song-writing projects come together and hearing their thoughts, writings or memories transformed into song gives them a sense of purpose.” Listen to a Sample Track: “My Dancing Days With You” Memories and Life Story by Dorothy Henigan Music and Lyrics by Jen Conley DeKalb County Hospice (DCH) partnered with the Northern Illinois University School of Music to produce the CD, and also received partial funding from the DeKalb County Community Foundation and volunteer support from several local artists and businesses. While the CD is now available for purchase through the national chain, Borders, the hospice also distributes it free of charge to their hospice and family groups as a bereavement tool. To learn more about the project, visit www.dekalbcountyhospice.org. San Diego Hospice Names New CEO The board of directors for the San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine has named chief development officer, Kathleen Pacurar, its new president/CEO. As chief development officer, Pacurar oversaw community relations development, marketing and communications, human resources, and volunteer efforts in support of the San Diego Hospice Foundation’s patient care, education, research, and advocacy programs. In her new role as president/CEO, Pacurar will oversee the 800-plus staff and 700 volunteers of San Diego Hospice. Pacurar’s plans include enhancing the organization’s ability to offer innovative treatments that improve the integration of palliative care in existing healthcare systems—locally, nationally and globally. 20 NewsLine http://www.dekalbcountyhospice.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NewsLine - September 2010

Transitions: Challenging the Traditional Healthcare Mindset
A Message From Don
Leadership Training in This Economy? You Bet
Circle of Life Award Winners
Program Spotlight: Hospice of the Comforter
NASW Congress: Social Workers Look to the Future
People and Places
PSAs for Cable or Television
NHPCO’s Upcoming Educational Offerings
This Year’s Hospice Month Quilt is Here!
FHSSA’s Quarterly Newsletter

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